Bocata: CHARCUTERIE & Old World French in Old Montreal

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C H A R C U T E R I E galore is the order of the day at Bocata, a quaint old world French restaurant on Rue St. Paul in old town Montreal. Open late, the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and encourages you to sample and explore options from their menu.

Whether it’s fromage (60 g 9$ / 120g 18$), pata negra Iberico (sliced at the bar and served with toasted bread and fresh tomato & olive oil), oysters, salmon tartare, homemade pan bagnat pesto or the yummy duck & arugula (which I loved), Bocata will not disappoint. 

Other suggestions include the smoked duck confit, pancetta and apple vinaigrette with a walnut praline, their infamous foie gras and chicken boudin, the morel mushrooms with curried crème fraîche, and YES this one (OMG): rhubarb confit, hazelnut & apricot crostini, goat milk custard straight from Caroline & Jean François’ Farm. 

Then there’s the one we didn’t have room to put down sadly: the lobster & sweet corn. Other specialties that mixes old world, French and old Montreal include the halibut and mushroom duxelle, the rabbit and tartine, and the mustard braised leg with local mushrooms (you’ll notice a theme on mushrooms if you’ve been reading our restaurant reviews of Montreal this month…they’re in season, fresh in the markets and mushrooms are on all the menus – tons of ’em, all fresh, organic, and diverse in variety and range).

We didn’t try the beef cheeks or the veal and manchego (braised for eight hours) but OH so on the list for next time I return if they still have it on the menu. Thanks to Josh for all of your recommendations, help and support. Below is a video to give you a taste of Bocata.

The video is in French since it’s not one of ours, but it will definitely give you an idea of its charm and its commitment to amazing fresh food that will have you coming back for more…

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